Montgomery College to Commemorate Arab American Heritage Month in April Kick-off Event Thursday, April 2 Features Kareem W. Shora, Executive Director of the Arab American Discrimination Committee

Beginning in April, Montgomery College will host a series of special events to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month with the theme of “Knowledge: Building Bridges of Understanding Across Diverse Cultures.” The College’s month-long commemoration is designed to encourage discussion and learning, and highlight the diverse cultural traditions of the world’s 22 Arab countries. These events are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, April 2  This discussion and reception kicks off Arab American Heritage Month at Montgomery College. The guest speaker is Kareem W. Shora, executive director of the Arab American Discrimination Committee. The event features music by a Montgomery College guitar trio.This event features students presenting work they have done for classes and co-curricular activities that are related to Arab and Arab American issues. The guest speaker is Bruce Adams, director of the Office of Community Partnerships in the Office of Montgomery County Executive.

 

    • 2 – 3 p.m. – “Student Colloquium” Featuring Guest Speaker Bruce Adams from Montgomery County Executive’s Office
    • 12:30 p.m. – Identity in a Diverse Community
    • Rockville Campus Theatre Arts Arena 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.
  • Tuesday, April 14, 1 – 3 p.m. – Knowing Others/Teaching Ourselves: Filming Self-Expression of American Muslims and OurselvesHigh Technology and Science Center, Globe Hall

 

    • 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md. Screening of “A Land Called Paradise,” the 2008 grand-prize winner in the One Nation Film Contest. This is the first of three Community Dialogue Series discussions facilitated by Dr. Barbara Petzen, educational director of the Middle East Policy Council.
    • Germantown Campus
  • Monday, April 20, 2 – 4 p.m. – Sides Splitting and Stereotypes: Using Comedy to Combat BiasCampus Center Building, Students Activity Center, Room 015 Screening of the film “Allah Made Me Funny.” This is the second Community Dialogue Series discussion facilitated by Dr. Barbara Petzen, educational director of the Middle East Policy Council.

 

    • Rockville Campus
  • Wednesday, April  29, 12:30 – 3 p.m. – Learning to Know the Other: Hopes and FearsHealth Sciences Center, Room 201  

 

  • 7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring Md. Screening of the film “Promises.” This is the final Community Dialogue Series discussion facilitated by Dr. Barbara Petzen, educational director of the Middle East Policy Council.
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
  • Monday, April 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Dramatic Performance: A Land Twice Promised51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. “A Land Twice Promised” will be performed by storyteller Noa Baum an Israeli who began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States. This performance is intended for adults and children ages 12 and over.
  • Rockville Campus Theatre Arts Arena

For information about many more Arab American Heritage Month events at Montgomery College, contact Enas Elhanafi at 240-567-1759 or e-mail her at enas.elhanafi@montgomerycollege.edu. For maps and directions to Montgomery College’s campuses, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps.

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